While authorities investigate elder abuse claims against the widow of radio legend Casey Kasem, his distraught daughter is questioning whether Jean Kasem’s plan to bury him in Norway is REALLY just a bid to escape possible extradition back to the U.S.!
Casey, 82, died June 15 in a Gig Harbor, Wash., hospital, over a month after his wife of 33 years removed him from a California nursing home and took him to stay with friends in Washington.
During his final days, a nasty legal battle erupted as his three adult children from a previous marriage fought Jean over the care of the ailing broadcaster.
After his death, the Santa Monica Police Dept. announced it was investigating elder abuse allegations against Jean made by daughter Kerri and her siblings.
“I want this evil woman in jail for what she has done to this family!” Kerri told The National ENQUIRER before her dad passed away.
Now, with her father still not laid to rest, Kerri is blasting Jean for taking his corpse to Norway, citing her Norwegian heritage as one reason for burying her late husband in Oslo.
“It’s entirely possible that Jean wants to go to Norway because she thinks she’ll be off the hook there,” Kerri’s publicist, Danny Deraney, told The ENQUIRER exclusively.
And before his corpse was taken to Norway, it spent several weeks at a funeral home in Montreal.
In an “open letter” to Norwegian authorities, Kerri wrote, “To our knowledge, Jean is not by any means of Norwegian descent. “We believe the representations made to you have been perpetuated by not only Jean, but her daughter Liberty because of the ongoing investigation from local authorities of criminal elder abuse.”
Kerri also told The ENQUIRER: “My father should have been buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif. That was his wish.”
Jean, meanwhile, has told a funeral service in Norway that she has plans to move to that country later this year.
If Jean is charged with elder abuse, authorities here could face a hard time extraditing her from Norway.
The Norwegian Supreme Court has declared that American prisons do not meet its minimum humanitarian standards – and Norway has refused to extradite some individuals back to the U.S.
But in a bizarre twist, Norwegian government officials said August 21 that they are considering the request made by Casey’s children not to allow the burial.
Meanwhile, The ENQUIRER obtained Casey’s death certificate, which states a burial in Jerusalem was considered.